Five College Consortium

ST-Hist/ReproductiveRightsLaw

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2018
Subject Name: 
History
Course Number: 
397RR
Institution: 
UMass Amherst
This course will explore the history of reproductive rights law in the United States, centering the reading of statutes, court decisions, amicus briefs, and law review articles. We will look at the progression of cases and legal reasoning involving a wide variety of reproductive rights issues, including forced sterilization, contraception, abortion, forced pregnancy/c-sections, policing pregnancy (through welfare law, employment policies and criminal law), and reproductive technologies. We will pay particular attention to how differently situated women were/are treated differently by the law, particularly on the basis of age, class, race, sexual orientation, and ability. We will also examine the role lawyers have historically played in advancing (or constraining) the goals of the reproductive rights movement(s) and explore the effectiveness of litigation as a strategy to secure these rights. Finally, we will consider the question of reproductive rights versus reproductive justice and whether reproductive justice can be obtained through advocating for reproductive rights
Comments: 
Open to Seniors, Juniors & Sophomores only. Prior law related coursework helpful, but not required.
Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Schedule #: 
52552

Course Sections

ST-Hist/ReproductiveRightsLaw
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 3.0 Jennifer Nye TU TH 10:00AM 11:15AM